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  • n. Plural form of umbel.


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  • I love to put the flower heads, called umbels, in summer bouquets.

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  • Botanists call umbels promiscuous, for they are pollinated by a variety of insects.

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  • On roadside banks, overlooking the eucalyptus groves and polytunnels of market gardens at Boetheric and Burraton, daffodils faded before the end of March and now sprawl between the umbels of alexander.

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  • By the time it comes into flower, it has transformed itself and acquired a rather grander title – and Queen Anne's Lace could not be a better description: the finely spun umbels will froth along the base of the hedgerows and rise up to form a delicate mist of creamy flowers.

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  • Hubbard points out a pleasing color combination, the blue of the fading lavender next to the red blades of Japanese blood grass and the mustard-yellow umbels of the self-seeded fennel.

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  • When the snow falls the residual architecture of its multiple stems and umbels often catches the snow so that the hogweed buckles under the dead weight.

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  • Good examples are bronze fennels, yellow or whitemulleins, tall umbels like thegreen flowered Peucedanum verticillare, thalictrums such as 'Elin' with purple-tinted young foliage or the daintier T. delaveyii with froths of mauve flowers, and our good friend Verbena bonariensis rewarding you in late summer with electric mauve clusters.

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  • Carrots and the related parsnip need a good winter to trigger the growth of flower stalks and their Queen Anne's lace-type flower umbels.

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  • I have it literally planted under the umbels of a clumping bamboo to shelter it in winter.

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  • The brief metallic warble and churling note of stonechats, busy among the brambles; a solitary black-headed gull motionless as a ship's figurehead on a promontory of rock; clumps of rock samphire, their umbels stained with pur - pie; yellow dandelions, pinpoints of brightness on the faded autumnal grass.

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